Striving for personal growth will make you a better person in virtually every aspect of your life. You will earn the respect and admiration of your peers, have more friends in the process, and ultimately invite success into your life. If you feel that you are getting nowhere with your career, perhaps you should start with the basics: being a better person.
- Be pleasant to people you interact with for the smallest things. Whether you’re simply asking for a cup of coffee from the office assistant or responding to an email request, it pays to be polite. E.g. Could you please get me a coffee? Thank you so much.
- Get your point across. Before you even explain your side, sort out what you want to say in your mind and be clear about what your side is. When speaking out your thoughts, be careful not to make judgmental comments or assumptions E.g. I didn’t get a message about the meeting, what happened? versus How could you be so stupid as to not inform me about the meeting?
- Don’t be afraid to ask. A lot of time will be saved if you clarify what the other person is talking about. There’s nothing embarrassing about making sure you are on the same page. E.g. Just to be clear, you want me to attend the meeting and give my thoughts on the project?
- Allow little acts of rudeness during your day to serve mostly as a reminder not to do them yourself. If someone lets a door slam in your face, for example, take a deep breath and hold the door with a smile for the next person.
- Offer to help someone at work if they look like they’re having a really hard time doing their job of late. You never know what’s going on at home, and even just bringing them a cup of coffee in the morning when they don’t have time to get one themselves could be a huge help.
- Learn from your elders. Sometimes in the workplace, these are the same people who are resistant to change and reorganization in the workplace. Try to understand where they are coming from and assess the validity of their point rather than outright dismissing them.
- Do something nice at least once a day. If you notice something that you can change positively, go out of your way and do it. You might never get paid back in the long run, but a good deed will come a long way in making the world a better place.